Insulate Britain: Driver shouts at police officer near Dartford
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On Wednesday, Insulate Britain demonstrators blocked major roads around London for the 16th time in two months, at the A40 in North Acton and near Dartford Crossing in Kent. In North Acton, a protesting pensioner was covered in ink with other protesters nearby. Christian, 77, told the media he feared for his safety, saying: “It’s sad that we have to do this, I hate doing it.”
He added: “I am a retired doctor, who has spent my life trying to help people and I am reduced to having to do this.
“This is because the Government will not address the problem adequately.
“I am terribly worried about violence against me.”
Reacting to the news of increased anger in members of the public inconvenienced by the eco group’s protests, some Britons had little sympathy for the concerns of the demonstrators.
Express.co.uk reader polly53 commented: “Pity they didn’t throw slurry at them.
“I am sick to death of these self-righteous rich idiots stopping people getting to a hospital, getting to work, etc.
“Are they going to pay the bills for those losing wages, are they going to feed their kids?”
Another Express.co.uk reader, with the screenname JBR, said: “Oh dear! He got sprayed with ink all over his face, and he doesn’t like it.
“Perhaps he’ll think about all the innocent drivers, their passengers, their jobs and their hospital appointments, etc., in future.”
Another, ‘Dynamo David’, said: “They’re gaining more enemies than friends.”
This comes after one delayed motorist exploded at the Insulate Britain protesters as they blocked roads in east and central London on Monday.
The driver, unable to move his vehicle through the traffic stand-still, shouted at the demonstrators: “Do you know what it’s like someone trying to get treatment for cancer and you’re standing like this?
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“People are trying to get to hospital, of all places.”
He told the protesters: “If anyone gets cancer, please let it be your family, let you know what it feels like.
“If anyone in this world gets cancer, I hope it’s your parents and loved ones.
“I hope when you’re on the way to hospital you know what it feels like stopping getting someone treatment.”
National Highways successfully petitioned the High Court for a nationwide injunction against the protesters on Monday, meaning that the protesters could face jail time for obstructing key roads.
The new injunction covers the “entire strategic road network”, according to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.
This was the fourth injunction granted by the High Court, which has so far failed to deter protesters taking to the roads, demanding the UK Government insulates all homes by 2030.
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